Thursday, July 12, 2012

Coney Island in July 1852

CONEY ISLAND.--We understand that this favorite watering place is overcrowded, and that several new public houses are in great demand. The Plank Road is now the favorite ride for the denizens of these two great cities, and the Coney Island beach being a favorite bathing place, attracts also a large number of summer boarders. Two public houses have been erected on the Plank Road just beyond Flatbush, and the old Ocean House, which was burned down a year or two ago, is rising, Phoenix like, from its ashes, younger and fresher than before. The post of Governor for Coney Island is not likely to diminish in dignity ; so that the successor of the famous Gil. Davis is sure to be some.

--Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Monday, July 26, 1852

I assume they meant the Oceanic House, which burned in 1851.

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